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Mixing a blend of intricate compositions, catchy songs and fun stage antics, all with an exploratory attitude towards group improvisation, an evening with Mondo Gecko is always an adventure. The groups funk rock sound infuses elements of electronica, space grass, reggae, country, and jazz fusion.
The Boston based "Neo-Jam Band" quintet formed in early 2008 when Luke Stratton (guitar, vocals), Aaron Morey (drums) and Eric McEwen (keyboards, vocals) met at Berklee College of Music through their love of group improvisation; an interest augmented through their contemporary music educations. After playing a series of shows with fellow Berklee student Joe Clar on bass, Brad Garone (guitar/mandolin/vocals) joined the band. Brad's unique instrumental voice and progressive compositional style flushed out the band's sound and the Mondo Gecko started to make waves in the Boston Jam Band Scene.
In the Fall of 2008 the band played a show with fellow local funk rockers FRIT and heard Andrew Walley on bass. Having been on a quest to find a permanent bass player, the band realized that Walley and his Jaco-Meets-Phil Lesh style was exaclty what they were looking for. In Januaruy of 2009, Walley joined the band, completing the lineup for the funkiest of the lizard family: the Gecko (and a big one at that!)
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